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Coaching U10 Soccer

Focusing on the Fundamentals of Soccer

Tactical

As players start to reach the “Golden Age of Learning”, we are able to continue to layer lessons on top of each other. They will remember from  one training session to the next concepts and ideas that you introduced. While spatial awareness is only starting in on the awareness radar, players will begin to understand their role on the field. Instead of providing specific direction to a player, the opportunity to define roles is more important. Players at this age are still playing small-sided games and should be exposed to playing all positions. Soccer skill development should be the focus as opposed to tactics.

U10 Tactics

 

Fitness

Players at U9 and U10 still possess immature bodies and their work rates need to be monitored closely. Due to the lack of physical maturity, fitness should not be a focus at these ages. This means that fitness work – outside of warm-ups or cool-downs – like laps, sprints and pushups are for naught. Their bodies are not ready to receive this type of attention. Fitness can be naturally developed through the intensity of the work completed during your training sessions. This is enough fitness for players at this age.

U10 Fitness

 

Technical

Skills, skills and more skills. As player’s fine motor skills develop, you have an awesome opportunity to layer on top additional, more complex skills. For instance, players should have the capacity to dribble with both feet (although reluctantly) and should use that foundation to develop moves to beat a defender. Step overs are always a great opportunity to start as a “first” move that works at all levels of the game. The continued focus should be on skill development at this age.

U10 Technical

 

Psychological

A fragile ego and a development of self awareness mark U9 and U10 soccer. Players will want to wear the “right” gear to practice and social acceptance is central to keeping players interested. Maintaining a positive team environment is a key role for a soccer coach at this age due to the subgroups that can develop. Keep a keen eye to how you form pairs and groups to ensure that players have opportunities to pair with different players – otherwise, you’ll have the same pairs for each group.

U10 Psychology

 

Team Management

At U9 and U10 soccer, you are bridging the gap from U8 players dependent upon their parents between U12 players who are wholly trying to assert themselves in the world. Since kids develop at different rates, some players will need more coddling and direction compared to more independent players finding their way. It is appropriate to consider tournaments for your team (which adds to your responsibility) and finding a level of play that works with your skill development and commitment of your team.

U10 Team Management

 
 

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Winning Over Player Development? [Basketball Video]

Yes, a basketball video – because the content is completely in parallel to soccer. Besides, sometimes we have to change our view to improve our vision. Stan VanGundy from the Miami Heat discussed the importance of skill development in our youngest players. No matter the sport, the principle remains the same: at our youth stage, […]

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Fitness

Off Season Conditioning for Any Soccer Team

Henry David Thoreau once said, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” As a coach, this quote readily dissects the work you do with your team after the season is over.  For your team to truly be competitive, you must work with your athletes year round. Soccer fitness, playing, and even team-building are important aspects […]

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Managing Volunteer Turnover (Part I in a 2 part series)

Volunteer turnover is a problem in almost every youth sports organization.  Most youth sports leagues are 501 (c) 3 non- profit organizations and rely heavily on volunteers to handle most mission critical tasks ranging from registration, communication, team building, board members and the list goes on. At Blue Sombrero, we work with thousands of youth […]

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How to Know if Your Soccer Players “Get it”

As coaches, the only way we can develop players from stage to stage is if we can build on what they’ve learned. No matter if it is tactics or technical – we have to be sure before we move on. As we rush to put on our training sessions and move through our ‘session plan’, […]

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Mental Toughness in Soccer: Interview with Simon Hartley

The concept of “Mental Toughness” is a tried and true rallying call for most teams. Every coach wants players who are ‘mentally tough’, but really what does that mean? I had the opportunity to interview Simon Hartley, our resident Soccer Psychology Advisor, about this hot topic. Simon provided his thoughts in an earlier article about “What […]

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What Does Mental Toughness Look Like?

Many coaches talk about mental toughness, but do we really know what true mental toughness looks like? Simon Hartley, Soccer Psychology Adviser to Soccer Classroom, tackles this topic.

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Are you Soccer Tough? [mjpurpleaces]

It always cracks me up when I attend recreational youth soccer matches and hear parents yelling to five and six year old kids to “put on their game faces.” Don’t these well-intended parents know that these kids have no idea what a “game face” is on the field? I came across an excellent article from […]

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Tactical

Soccer Formations – An overview

“Football is a simple game made complicated by people who should know better.” – Bill Shankly Formations, part of soccer tactics, are a description of how the players on the pitch are positioned. These formations are altered as and when teams are more defensive or offensive and are used at every level of the game […]

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How to Effectively Scout a Soccer Team – The Opposition

The first part of our “ How to effectively scout a soccer team “ edition saw us look at the benefits of what a good scouting system can offer you as well as looking at certain areas within scouting, specifically team shape. The second part covered practical tips for scouting an opponent. This week we […]

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The Delicate Psychology of Momentum in Soccer

I just watched my home town team, who I have supported since I was about 8 years old, snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. They conspired to lose a Cup tie to a team two divisions below them. In the first game, my team were 2-0 up with 10 mins to go. In the […]

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